If there was ever a time Caesar Salad went out of fashion and was eclipsed by a new salad on the block, however briefly, I can’t remember it. The queen, albeit with a king’s name. What is the secret of its enduring popularity? In my opinion, a Caesar salad with a short but unbeatable classic ingredient lineup will be….unbeatable. Only the best: crisp romaine, croutons made from good-quality bread, freshly grated Parmesan—all totally attainable! Make a double batch of the dressing and enjoy it with many other goodies. And if you can’t have the cheese, the salad will be good to go even sans fromage!
- 6–8 slices good-quality bread, gluten-free OK, cut in ½ inch cubes
- 3 romaine hearts, torn into bite-size pieces
- ½ small purple onion, sliced very thin (food processor)
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan, a little more to taste
- 1 cup Caesar's dressing
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Make the croutons: Place the bread cubes in one layer in a baking sheet, and toast until light brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Reserve.
Place the romaine, onion, and cheese on a platter. Just before serving, add the croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.